Special exhibition 'Forgotten by Happiness

Externally placed, re-enfranchised, incapacitated: An exhibition about compulsory welfare measures in Graubünden.


05.08.2021 to 29.08.2021 from 10:00 to 17:00 o'clock

Placed, enfranchised, incapacitated, cared for in institutions, forcibly adopted or sterilized: until the 1970s, tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults in Switzerland were affected by compulsory welfare measures. In Graubünden there were several thousand. Many came from difficult social and economic backgrounds. Their way of life, which deviated from bourgeois norms, was the reason for massive interventions and repressive measures. For some years now, those affected have been increasingly raising their voices. They report on what they have suffered and demand reappraisal. The fact that they were wronged is now officially recognized. In 2017, the Grisons government issued an apology. The exhibition focuses on five affected people, born between 1881 and 1957. In walk-in cardboard rooms, you as a visitor are invited to immerse yourself in your world. Radio plays and archival documents tell the stories. And the question is: How does what happened affect us today?


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